Metrics to Measure Video Success

September 21, 2022
Metrics to Measure Video Success

You have metrics for so much of your brand. KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) for goals and sub-goals. And for many things you do, there is clear and distinct way to find out the ROI (return on investment). But then there’s your video content… 🧐

Video doesn’t have just 1 metric to watch either. So what metrics are you using to measure your video content’s success? Today let’s explore that discussion.

Ways to Measure

Video interaction has several key indicators. Which you choose to measure your video campaign success will differ depending on your overarching goals. Here are some for consideration.


Engagement for video is “the percentage of impressions that have resulted in some form of engagement” – from “How to Measure & Calculate…”

Impressions can simply come from overall views, but a more telling set of criteria would be likes, shares, and comments. Of these, comments and shares are generally seen as the most valuable by marketers.


If your videos have links to your site or landing pages, how many visits did it garner? Using a service like Google Analytics will help you see this statistic.

Conversion Rate

How many viewers of your videos are converting into sales and leads? This is conversion rate.

For example, videos on landing pages or product pages with CTA’s (Calls to Action) like a “Buy Now” or “Schedule a Call” could be measured based on conversion rate.

Another process you could use for seeing how important the video was in the conversion rate would be this. Create 2 identical landing pages (but one without video, and one with video) and see the difference in conversion rate. This is called A/B testing.

Watch Time/Watch Percentage

Did your video amass views that stayed beyond the mandatory 5 seconds of a pre-roll paid ad on YouTube? How many of your videos were watched through completely? When do people tend to fall off?

Answers to questions like these are very helpful. They can aid you knowing the success or failure of a campaign. But they also could tell you crucial factors such as when video content and topics become no longer interesting to your audience. Understanding factors like that could help with future video making/content creation plans.


Many veer away from letting mere impressions speak to their success. This is because impressions don’t tell us anymore than simply how many times our content was seen regardless of interaction beyond that.

In example, if the same person saw your video 4 times, it would count as 4 impressions. “Unique impressions” would be more helpful criteria in this case.

All this to say, impressions still can be insightful for a big picture outlook on a campaign.

Click-through rate (CTR)

Google states that: CTR is the number of clicks that your ad receives divided by the number of times your ad is shown: clicks ÷ impressions = CTR.

A high CTR is obviously great, but don’t let it stop there. Conversion rate should go hand in hand with this. If people are clicking on your video then not converting at the landing page, keep working!

Maybe a video on the landing page too?

Social shares

Not much speaks like a share on social media of your work or content. It says “this is really good!” or “really valuable stuff!” And people don’t share just any content easily. So keeping an eye on this metric says a lot about love of your brand.

Return on ad spend (ROAS)

Math time. How much revenue came in from a campaign minus the amount spent on that campaign. Pretty straightforward, but not always the easiest figure to find. This is largely due to not always knowing where leads and sales come from. But building analytics into your campaigns and implementing surveys for customers and prospects (asking how they found you for instance) can help in this endeavor.

For more on ROAS, we found this article pretty helpful.


You may have other ways to find out the success of a video (or any marketing or sales campaign for that matter). Send along your ideas and knowledge. We love feedback!

Just remember, however you determine success, once you have the data: make sure to ask the next crucial question. That is: “how can we improve our video and it’s output to get results more consistently and exponentially?”